October 6, 2015
Water Demand Model and Soil Analysis
Kamloops, B.C. – The City of Kamloops, in partnership with the Kamloops Branch of the Ministry of Agriculture and Community Futures Thompson Country, is conducting a water demand modelling exercise and soil analysis for the City’s agricultural land base. This project is funded in part by the City of Kamloops, Community Futures, and the BC Ministry of Agriculture through federal-provincial programs delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC.
The water demand model, a water management planning tool, calculates current and future agricultural water demands for areas within the Agricultural Land Reserve and areas zoned for agriculture within the City. The model calculates water use on a property-by-property basis, and sums the demand of each property to obtain a total demand for the entire water basin and each sub-basin. Crop type, irrigation system type, soil texture and historical climate data are all used to calculate current water demands and to project future demands using various climate change scenarios.
The analysis, scheduled to be complete by the spring of 2016, “will increase the City’s understanding of opportunities and issues related to crop irrigation and is anticipated to help both the industry and City administration enhance agricultural productivity with a long term goal of seeing more land available for production”, according to Business Operations and Community Planning Manager with the City of Kamloops, Maren Luciani. Micheal Firlotte, the City’s Utilities Services Manager, says, “Our Utility Department controls the Noble Creek irrigation system. With climate change and increased hydro charges for pumping, it will be welcomed to have this analysis to see what can be done to improve the overall consumption of this system for the future”.
Once complete, both the report from the analysis and the soils mapping will be made available through the City’s website, allowing local farmers and the general public access to detailed water demand and soils information.
Maren Luciani, Business Operations and Community Planning Manager
City of Kamloops